|Photo courtesy of Sun-Times/NVP News|
Witnesses tell us a silver car pulled up next to the black sedan and 5-6 shots were fired. Neighbors report hearing screaming, followed by the arrival of police squads and EMTs. Mr. Tuck was taken to Illinois Masonic by ambulance, which left the crime scene at breakneck speed.
As of midnight, the intersection was still blocked off with crime scene tape, and police officers were still investigating. The Tribune reports that Mr. Tuck arrived at Masonic in critical condition.
We will provide updates as we become aware of them.
Update: Shortly before 3pm on Monday, there was official confirmation of his identity and his death. We had seen unofficial mentions beginning an hour after the shooting, but we didn't want to post until we knew for a fact that his family had been notified.
Overnight and this morning we heard from many people who knew Mr. Tuck. We have rarely gotten so many unsolicited positive comments about someone featured in one of our posts. We want to share a few so that the community knows what a loss it has suffered. It is a tragedy when anyone is murdered, but particularly so when that person is a genuinely good person:
- "I just would like to inform you about Greg Tucker Jr. I've known him from the day he was born. He was a good kid, he loved basketball, and he was not in any way associated or affiliated with any gang! The people that took his life were most definitely involved in gangs. He played basketball for Lincolnwood High School. After graduation, he attended college out of state. He was a great young man."
- "The victim killed in the recent Uptown shooting was a stand out basketball player at Whitney Young and Lincoln Park high school and went on to play and graduate from college. He had recently had a daughter whom he loved dearly."
- "Greg Tuck Jr. was not in a gang and was a great kid."
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